Re: Source licensing

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun May 09 2004 - 19:00:36 CDT

At 4:45 PM -0700 5/9/04, Karl Auerbach wrote:
>On Sun, 9 May 2004, David Mertz wrote:
>
>> I find it deeply offensive--though obviously I know it's not factually
>> unusual--for my tax dollars to fund development of unfree software.
>
>A lot of universities, public and private, retain intellectual property
>rights and license them to generate fee income.
>
>In any event, I don't think anyone is advocating a retreat from GPL like
>copyright/license terms.

I'd like to consider other non-GPL, but still free, models of the
software, as well as further restrictions we might want to impose.

>However, there is a distinct issue regarding licensing by the OVC (for
>money) of service marks associated with the software.
>
>Because this is voting software and because image and perception are
>incredibly important, no matter the license, we may very well want to put
>the project under ISO 9000x type processes. I know that much of this is
>paperwork - form over substance - but this kind of thing can help overcome
>a lot of perceptual objections.

Good suggestions.

>We need to define coding rules, tests and regression tests, documentation
>standards, and other such processes. To my mind the testing/QA part of
>this project is substantially larger than the basic coding effort.

Those are worthwhile and implementable more easily with the kind of
paid staff we hope to have if the UCSC-led project is funded.
Nonetheless, our process will be out in the open, and the OVC
volunteer community will be a useful source of advice and feedback to
the team.

Best regards,
Arthur

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